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Author: Subject: Motion Detection Staircase Lighting
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posted on 9-25-2016 at 09:59 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Motion Detection Staircase Lighting

I'm trying to dress up my apartment and was wondering if you guys had any idea of any simple way to set up indoor lights with discreet motion sensors? I'm thinking of getting a long strip of rope light to run the entire length of our staircase (either the top or bottom of the wall), and want it to turn on and off automatically from at least the top of the staircase, if not the top and bottom.

edit - I've looked a little on Amazon, but most of the detectors are large and geared towards outdoor security lights.

[Edited on 9-25-2016 by BBMN]

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posted on 9-25-2016 at 11:10 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
The possibilities, my dear man, are endless. Depends on what you want to do, what your setup is, and ultimately how clean you want it to be (meaning some or no wires showing.)

- I'm assuming you have a three-way switch at the top and bottom of the stairs? Meaning you can turn it on at the bottom and off when you get to the top and vice versa?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-120-Volt-60-Watt-3-Way-More-Manual-On-Occupancy-Sensor-Remote-with-Green-LED-Locator-White-R02-IPV0R-1LM/205654181?

- Do you want to to run lights, like one of those round rope lights that can coil around your bannister or will follow the rise and run of the stairs? Or get a flat LED strip and have it be mostly hidden?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hack-your-LED-Strip-with-a-Motion-Sensor-and-Timer/

As far as clean install, you can simply keep the hallway lights and they'll turn on and off with the motion detectors or get a socket adapter and then plug the rope light into that and then pin/nail/hot glue your rope lights out from the standard fixture...

http://www.lowes.com/pl/Light-socket-adapters-Light-sockets-adapters-Electrical/4294722558

Or, if there's an outlet in the hallway, just switch it out for a motion controlled outlet (or to get real simple, the plug in kind) then plug your rope light into that and route it from there.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Westek-Plug-In-Motion-Activated-Control-MLC4BC/203675444

The only thing to keep an eye on with LED stuff, especially the flat strips, is that they usually come with a transformer that has to 'hide' somewhere after shit's plugged in. Agayn, depends on how artsy or hidden you want stuff to be. Utilitarian me would tell you to just plug it in and kick it out of the way so you don't tumble down the steps. Former professional me that used to do home automation and lighting control for a living wants you to win awards from Better Homes and Gardens or Homo House Weekly for the nice clean job I'm hoping you do.

Also, please don't electrocute yourself or burn yo shit down. Lol, j/k, 120v don't hurt. I've zapped myself countless times and clearly I'm fine. But srsly, don't burn yo shit down.





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posted on 9-25-2016 at 11:25 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
These are all good ideas. Thanks for the heads up. That last one with the AC outlet built in looks promising.
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posted on 9-26-2016 at 12:29 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I picked these up and they work really well

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCCNZ98/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Runs on 4 AA and lasts quite awhile. Buying the 6 pack is the cheaper option. Nice to have extra to place around the house.

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